Price paid: £ 113
Purchased from: Dolphin Music
Sound — 10
I'm using a Squier Strat and an Epiphone Dot through the amp and both sound gorgeous. Glassy Fender tube tone through my strat and jazzy cleans through the Epi. I really couldn't recommend this enough for someone who want a good tone at not alot of money. The amp takes a while to warm up- 5 secs maybe- and once its up and going its very silent. I've heard a lot saying the buzz is a problem, though for me not so. Place a pedal before this- I'm using a DigiTech screamin blues overdrive and a Boss FDR-1, and you can get a nice cranked tube amp distortion with it. I wouldn't say its usable for high gain playing- the you wouldn't really buy this is you play metal though. For blues/ jazz/ or country this amp is great, handles SRV tones to twangy tele tones very well. I haven't had chance to crank it up naturally yet as I'm living in a hotel, and despite its low wattage don't be fooled into thinking it can't get loud, obviously for gigs you'll probably want more, but for small venues or practice its loud enough.
Overall Impression — 10
I play mainly blues/ jazz/ Stevie Ray Vaughan songs and this is a gift from heaven for me. I'm really not bothered about built in effects in amps as I don't think they can stand up to a decent pedal so the Champ 600 is perfect for my needs. Its small enough and good looking enough to sit in the living room, and I can crank it without going deaf in the process. I have a Fender Champion 30 watt with built in effects and I love that too, though the sound quality- obviously- can't compete with the tube amp. Just brilliant
Reliability & Durability — 10
The amp is covered in 50's style two tone tweed leather (smells the real deal) and seems very sturdy and well put together. The dial and Switch at the back don't have that plasticy feel with them and seem like they could take a bashing or two. No problems so far.
Features — 7
This is a reissue of the original 5 watt Fender Champ tube amp that was released as a student amp. It is BASIC- and I mean basic, an on/off switch, two input jacks and a volume knob. This is the beauty of this amp though, it isnt built to have features- just pure Fender tone, so if your looking for a feature packed amp look elsewhere. Therefore I am giving it a relatively high score here as it has enough features for what it was designed for.